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The Mighty Wurlitzer. Imagine the typical pipe organ with its four keyboards, played by both toes and fingers, plus wooden blocks, a xylophone, glockenspiel, drums, horns and flutes, a stuffed bird that tweets from a cage. The Wurlitzer Theatre Organ reached its peak in the 1920s as the accompaniment to silent films, and our Public Museum is home to one of only a few hundred remaining in public venues in the world. The Museum will be kicking off its series next weekend with Charlie Balogh, the former owner of Pizza and Pipes, the original home of The Museum's Wurlitzer.
Gina Bivins, programs coordinator for the Public Museum will detail the series and activities that the Wurlitzer is still used for. Music this week comes from Charlie Balogh's release with two songs - The Pink Panther and Star Wars medley - of the Dirty Dozen, or the most requested tunes at his pizza parlor.